Uh… if you had told me that my next Batman: Arkham Asylum video would be of Batman beating up skeletons to the sounds of an a cappella group, I… I don’t even know how I would have processed that. And even though my brain understands that this is just some crappy bonus level for people whop pre-order the game from Gamestop and that there’s some kind of Scarecrow’s fear-toxin-type justification for the Harryhaus-insanity going on here, my heart — my heart still can’t process it. Why are you beating up skeletons, Batman? it asks. And no answer seems to be forthcoming.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.